Approximately 2/5 persons don't understand their insurance coverage, i.e., which healthcare services are being covered under their current plan and, 1 in 5, "have avoided visiting a doctor for a general health concern within the past 12 months because of cost concerns."
We are now in an unprecedented opportunity for change, but Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD* warns that simultaneously improving health care coverage, the affordability of health care and its quality is challenging.
When it comes to health, the better-informed patient does better—Duh! What is a patient to do to reverse or ameliorate heart failure, that is, besides taking meds? ABSTRACT Context Little is known about the effects of low health literacy among patients with heart failure, a condition that requires self-management and frequent interactions with the health care system.
The common retort when confronted with the escalating cost of care and unexplained variation is: "But, my patients are sicker! Southerland, Fisher and Skinner in "Getting Past Denial — The High Cost of Health Care in the United States," are again observing their mentor, Jack Wennberg's dictum, written about extensively at the end of the last century and earlier, that the cost differences between regions and practices may be unwarranted.
To make health care reasonably profitable for private payers and more affordable for patients, those who manage health care must focus on reducing cost, which is far easier than increasing the health benefit or medical loss ratio.
The practice is getting squeezed; Want ideas? First, don't give up on the idea that small practices are out. Consider them, if for no other reason then they are often better then large pracices that are overly driven to see large volumes of patients. IOW, solo and small practices are still playing an important role, although they may require TLC to thrive.
A Painless Way To Hold Down Health Costs?
Belly pains sufferers might later be diagnosed with anxiety or depression.
Medication Adherence and the Pharmaceutical & Med. Manufacturing (PMM) industry--an opportunity for synergism with health care. "At the same time that unprecedented progress in pharmaceutical research and development is producing new and better medicines for the treatment and prevention of disease – people are asking tough and legitimate questions about the role and responsibility of the pharmaceutical industry in expanding access to the results of this research."
Achieving patient-centered care is difficult, yet essential; since paternalism is out, the patient has a greater role to play. The editorial, "Patient-Centered Care; What Is the Best Measuring Stick?" by Drs.